Designed for backcountry skiers and boarders, the Osprey Kamber 22 is the perfect size for spring backcountry tours or lift-accessed tours off the ski area. Thermo-formed backpanel and contoured shoulder straps provide comfort and keep the pack stable when you’re ripping the steep and deep.
A zippered panel allows easy access to all your gear while another large J-zip front panel pocket stores your avalanche probe and shovel for quick access when you want to dig a snow pit and assess conditions. There’s also a built-in back pocket for a hydration reservoir that routes through the shoulder harness to prevent freezing.
On the outside of the pack, you’ll find straps for multiple ski and snowboard carry options. All contact points are reinforced to minimize wear from metal edges. Other winter-specific features include a stowable helmet carry system, ice axe loop and a scratch-free goggle pocket. Glove friendly buckles and zippers pulls let you keep your hands covered when you’re making the transition from skins to skis on a frigid January morning.
Extra-large front pocket with J-zip access for avalanche safety gear secure inside the pack. The large pockets accommodate large shovel blades, and the dual center sleeves secure extra-long probes and shovel handles.
DRY POCKET ACCESS
The main dry compartment keeps gear that needs to stay dry and warm separate from wet avy gear and skins. The dry compartment is also designed to be accessible with skis or board attached to the pack.
Dual-position, deployable helmet net quickly and securely stows snow helmets for a cool and comfortable climb.
Glove Friendly - Glove friendly zipper pulls and buckles allow for quick and easy use in adverse conditions
Panel Load Access - Extra-large front panel j-zip access to avalanche safety pocket with shovel handle and probe sleeves
Horizontal Backpanel Snowboard Carry - A reinforced hipbelt wing provides quick horizontal carry across the backpanel of the backpack
Hipbelt Pockets - Dual, articulated zippered hipbelt pockets for one hand use provide quick access to essentials
Front Panel Access - Front panel access to main compartment dry gear and hydration
Like other reviewers, I'm surprised and confused by the limited ski carry options on this pack - it honestly didn't even occur to me before ordering that it wouldn't support all the typical carry options (A-frame/side carry, diagonal carry, flat back carry), but on receiving it and looking through the manual it appears it can only do a diagonal carry, and to do even that you have to unroll this hidden strap from its little pocket, and then I guess tuck it back away when done - much less convenient than the previous version, which had nice simple side straps that you could just slip your skis into on the bottom, and then buckle up on top.
I don't really want to have to get a larger pack just to have decent ski carry options - precisely what I liked about the Kode 22 was having a convenient, lift-friendly pack for everyday use that also included solid carry options for when I decide to go the extra mile (or a real backcountry day, without having to switch to a different pack). Osprey, please bring back a more functional version of a pack in this size!
(Otherwise, of course it seems like a perfectly solidly-made pack, etc., etc., and probably fine for purely in-bounds and very short hikes. My review is based on my preference of how I would have liked to use the pack, though I don't think I'm alone. Also, moving the water compartment to a top-zipper situation vs. the one that went all the way around the back is actually an improvement over the Kode. I just wish they had changed that and nothing else.)
Response To Previous Review by Ed from Littleton
Ed - I just opened my Kamber 22 and initially had the same reaction as you regarding vertical vs. diagonal ski carry. I then realized that if you take that top strap out and direct the buckle-side of the strap through the narrow loop/tunnel (don't know what else to call it) that sits between where the strap starts and the other buckle, it creates a loop for your skis at the top right of the pack. Doing with this will give you diagonal carry. Osprey does a poor job of demonstrating this as I have not seen any solid how-tos.
Tom from Denver
I bought this Kamber 22 as I like to do occasional in-bounds hikes off the top of lifts here in Colorado. I'm 6'3" and have 186cm skis. However, unless I'm messing something up, the Kamber 22 pack is more of a vertical ski carry than a diagonal ski carry. It looks like the Kamber 32 and 42 have a true diagonal carry, but the Kamber 22 only has a top center loop that keeps the skis much more vertical than diagonal. I tried it today and my ski tails hit my left calf about every third step :(
I hope I'm doing something wrong. If not, it kind of defeats the purpose of this pack.
My other option may be to find an older Osprey Kode 22 that appears to have an A-frame carry.
Ed from Littleton
Kode 22 was better
The Kamber series is a replacement for the Kode series of ski/snowboard packs. The Kode series really got a lot of things right and has been my favourite sidecountry pack, and the Kamber 32 maintains the lineage of the Kode 22 and 32. The problem with the Kamber 22 is that it ditches some of the features that made the Kode series so great. For sidecountry I don't need a 32 - I just need enough space for avy gear, water, snacks, an extra layer and wallet/keys,etc. The Kode 22 gave me everything I wanted in a pack but, now, to get those features in a Kamber, I would need to go to 32 - which is more room than I need. Osprey should really consider bringing back the full-featured version of their ski/snowboard pack in a 22.